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December 9, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(24):1499. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450760055012

In these days when the struggle against "the white plague" is prosecuted with such vigor from all sides, it behooves us to take close notice of all possible sources of infection. Tuberculosis in the domestic animals has long been held as a source of danger, direct and indirect, to man. The occurrence of tuberculosis in the dog, an animal which often lives in very intimate relations with his master, is perhaps not as generally known as it ought to be. In fact, there are statements current in some of our text-books that the dog is immune to tuberculosis. This is far from being the case. There are numerous examples of extensive and fatal tuberculosis in this animal, which frequently becomes infected from contact with tuberculous patients. Instances have been described of canine tuberculosis the undoubted result of the licking up of sputum, etc. Barrier1 recently furnished a new example